In 1909 Michio Suzuki founded the Suzuki Loom Works, building weaving looks for Japans huge silk industry. After years of success with his looms, Michio realised the company need to diversify and based on consumer demand in 1937 he decided that building a small car would be the most practical venture. Within two years Suzuki had launched several prototype cars but production halted with the onset of World War II.
At the end of World War II, Suzuki focused on producing looms again, however with the collapse of the cotton industry in 1951 they quickly turned their attentions to powered vehicles again. This time they launched a bicycle that could be either pedal powered, powered a petrol engine or a combination of both. From the success of this bicycle the Suzuki Motor Company was launched.
The First car launched was the Suzuki Suzulight in 1955. The Suzulight included front-wheel drive, four-wheel independent suspension and rack-and-pinion steering features common on cars over 50 years later.
Suzuki have continued to make cars to this day and sell them across the globe. Their current range includes the Alto, Splash, Swift, Swift Sport, SX4, Jimny and Grand Vitara.